The next eight days constitute the Octave before Christmas, which begins on December 17 and concludes on December 24.
Each day from the 17th through the 23rd has an O Antiphon connected with it: verses from the Old Testament that foretell the birth of the Christ Child. The O Antiphons date back centuries before the Reformation — to the reign of Charlemagne. That said, Protestants will also find these verses useful in contemplation of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The O Antiphons spell out SARCORE. These are an aide memoire, because, reversed, they spell out in Latin ero cras, which means
I shall be [with you] tomorrow.
The Bible verses behind SARCORE — ero cras — are as follows:
- “O Sapientia, quae ex ore altissimi…” (O Wisdom from on high…)
- “O Adonai et dux domus Israel…” (O Lord and leader of the house of Israel…)
- “O Radix Jesse qui stas in signum populorum…” (O Root of Jesse who stood as a standard of the people…)
- “O Clavis David et sceptrum domus…” (O Key of David and scepter of our home…)
- “O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae…” (O Dayspring, splendor of eternal light…)
- “O Rex gentium et desideratus…” (O longed-for King of the nations…)
- “O Emmanuel, rex et legifer noster…” (O Emmanuel, our king and law-giver…)
On that basis, the faithful contemplate divine wisdom on December 17. My posts below have relevant Old Testament verses and commentary:
On December 18, the faithful contemplate our Lord’s sovereignty with the following passages. My posts include the relevant verses and commentary:
Reposts will continue for the rest of the Octave.